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Re: “Out of Chaos, Cohen Manages a Bona Fide "Town Meeting" on Health Care

Many (including Mr. Baker, I believe) think that the groundswell of people opposed to the train wreck that is the Democrat Healthcare bill are being "organized" by some massive group opposed to "reform". What I am seeing and hearing, personally and online, in email and on Twitter and Facebook, is that people, normally not politically active people are getting stirred up and speaking out.

This is not a group of radicals (or paid trouble makers like Obama's alma mater, ACORN) organized by the "right wing conspiracy." They are not violent. They do not stink or poorly dressed. They are grandparents and average citizen who are being over taxed and who are concerned about our countries future. They have the right and duty to speak out and Congress has a duty to make themselves available and to shut up and listen to it.

As for "reform".... the Democrat takeover is no more an attempt to fix or improve our healthcare than the Porkulas bill was intended to help the economy. It is intended to gain power for the liberals and those in charge who WILL NOT accect or have to same medical benifits as the common people. Just as Pelosi and company excoriated the heads of GM, Ford and Chrysler for coming to Washington in corporate jets and then turn around and put $500 million (!!!) in luxury executive jets in the Defense spending bill to have themselves ferried about in. It is disgusting.

If Congress wants to make healthcare more available (they cannot make it better, it is be best in the world... they can only degrade it) for all here is what they could (but will not) do: Malpractice reform (do away with punative damages and "joint and severa" liability), give insurance portability and not restrict companies from selling across state lines, allow insurance companies to tailor what will and will not be covered in a policy (like your home and car insurance).

Bottom line. Just like the recent economic downturn was caused by bad government policy (see: housing bubble and Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac), the present "crisis" was actually the result of government intervention in the private sector. It all needs to stop.

Posted by Private citizen on 08/10/2009 at 7:40 AM
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